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Hinesville is a busy ,crowded, important, metro area. Got a bus system even. A national touring act with hit records, the support of Hinesville Govt, and the allure of a brand new Ampitheatre, manages to draw 300 people against a $46,000.00 outlay. Two positions from the organizers are problematic. One: a sense that because some veterans or enlisted men really enjoyed the patriotic music, that in itself made it all worthwhile. It did not. Two: Even though hugh amounts of money was lost, it is somehow no big deal because some or a lot of it was sponsership money. No sponsor wants to see a failure from a prodution they invested heavily in and thier name associated with. Damage is compounded by less money now available and future sponsors made nervous.

A similar fiasco occurred when the new Wright Army Airfield was christened with a $60,000.00 two day air show that attracted less than a thousand people combined. County money, maybe some sponsors, big deal.

A couple years ago the Chamber of commerce, with command of sponsorship money and membership rolls put on a countywide festival (Libertyfest it seems) in our fair city and pulled together about 250 guests.

JulyFest Sharke Tournament at Yellow Bluff 15 or so years ago, while spending a fraction of the money, swamped all three of the above events in attendance and for people having an all around good time.

Some of you more learned might please explain this to the balance of us.

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mountain commented on Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 08:13 AM

That's because the local people and red necks love a good Drunk Fest and so do I, that's why there was such a big crowd every year.

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 14:20 PM

The city changed it's status to metro so they could apply for additional funding from the government. If we were still considered a rural area we wouldn't have qualified for the funds to start a bus system.

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 20:46 PM

I'm proud to now be "from Hinesville Georgia", too. I love the community and local shops.

HuDhat1 commented on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 15:02 PM

But why did the concert fail. Was it the price of tickets, off site parking, wrong performer. And is there a way to have a sucessfull venture in that venue or should we stop trying.

golfnut31316 commented on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 16:08 PM

HuDhat and Jimmy.

I don't know what you are meaning by poor planning. ON site parking maybe? The parking issue was addressed in all advertisements for the concert I saw. I do agree that parking at the place should happen.
The concert has been advertised since February on the radio. Kiz 96 and 92.3. It has been on the Hinesville Downtown and the Hinesville Farmers market Facebook page for months. It was in the paper a time or two and again parking was addressed.
Wrong performer, maybe so.
As far as stop trying, It was the FIRST venture of that kind at the Commons. Do you stop after one? No you learn from what went wrong and fix it so you can have a successful venture.

HuDhat1 commented on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 20:30 PM

why can't you park on site. Who makes that call. For that matter who is the controlling authority for the property. Is there room to park enough cars to support a concert. Hard to imagine there was no food and beverage.

up2sumptin commented on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 07:52 AM

Why did it fail? IMO, it failed because the community is apathetic in all things. I also think the placement of the park is an issue. Those who are not apathetic are openly hostile to the park, with good reason. Take at look at the comment regarding the concert being over at 9pm and therefore noise was not an issue. The person who made that comment doesn't have small children/babies trying to sleep. They are not on a different shift from the usual 9 to 5 and therefore not being able to sleep because of the noise isn't an issue to them. I have heard people on Desert Storm say they could hear the concert in their homes. My heart bleeds for the people who are forced to live right next door to that thing.

On site parking should not be that big of a deal. Take at look at Shrimp Fest. Same set up but it is packed with people.

HuDhat1 commented on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 08:33 AM

If it is a park why isn't it open and what is the master plan. Is there a schedule of events.

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